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GenesisCare and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service strike life-saving cardiac partnership

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WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington, Bundaberg Cardiology interventional cardiologist Dr Andre Conradie and WBHHS Board Chair Peta Jamieson at the announcement of the partnership. Photograph by Paul Beutel

Bundaberg Cardiology, part of the GenesisCare network, and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service have struck a new public-private agreement giving Wide Bay patients access to high quality, life-saving cardiac angiogram and stenting services in their own region.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson said the five-year agreement would allow patients to have some cardiac procedures performed locally in Wide Bay rather than in Brisbane.

“This $11 million contract provides care to public patients who present to local emergency departments in urgent need of an angiogram or, in some cases, a stent if it’s clinically required,” Ms Jamieson said.

“Previously, patients needing these often time-critical services were transferred to a tertiary facility in Brisbane.

Bundaberg Cardiology operates its cardiac service out of the Friendly Society Private Hospital.

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Invasive Cardiology to commence at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Tooowoomba

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St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba and Brisbane based cardiology practice HeartCare Partners, part of the GenesisCare network, have finalised a joint venture agreement that will deliver a comprehensive interventional cardiology service to Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

Hospital CEO Kathryn McKeefry said the new cardiology service was an exciting addition to the hospital’s services.

“HeartCare Partners is one of Queensland's largest private providers of cardiac care. They provide a comprehensive service that includes a large range of interventional procedures performed by renowned clinicians.”

“The St Vincent’s service will commence with diagnostic angiography and will build up to include interventional services supported by on-site interventional cardiologists based in Toowoomba at St Vincent’s”, Ms McKeefry said.

“St Vincent’s already has the region’s only private 24 hour Emergency Centre to accept cardiac emergencies at any time of the day; but in the past, these patients have had to be transferred to another facility for invasive assessment and treatment”, Ms McKeefry said.

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Offering rapid access to world-class comprehensive cancer treatment at Cabrini Malvern

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  • Cabrini and GenesisCare have announced a partnership to deliver a new, state-of-art radiotherapy service to offer both in-patients and out-patients comprehensive cancer care in the one location
  • In-patients will no longer need to travel off-site to receive daily radiotherapy treatment
  • The service will provide the local community with greater access to cutting edge clinical trials

Oncology patients will soon have access to fully integrated, comprehensive cancer care at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, with the addition of radiotherapy to the hospital’s existing suite of diagnostic, surgical and medical cancer care. The new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy service will deliver world-class treatment to both in-patients and out-patients when it opens in September.

Providing radiotherapy on site at the Malvern campus will mean that in-patients will no longer need to travel by medical transport or ambulance to receive daily treatments. The service will be linked across Cabrini’s Malvern, Brighton and Prahran campuses, improving access to radiotherapy services for all patients within the region.

Radiotherapy is a highly effective weapon in the fight against cancer, delivering more than 40 per cent of all cures. Using a highly sophisticated machine called a linear accelerator, GenesisCare will be providing non-invasive radiotherapy that precisely delivers radiation beams to eradicate cancer cells.

In an Australian-first, the innovative $7 million facility – being developed and operated by Australia’s largest radiotherapy service provider, GenesisCare – will use unique prefabricated building blocks to develop the contemporary radiotherapy bunker. The build will take less than four months.

GenesisCare Managing Director, Dan Collins, said the organisation was committed to innovating healthcare to make it easier for patients with cancer to access quality care.

“We’re incredibly pleased to be partnering alongside Cabrini to enable rapid access for cancer patients to state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments and technologies. For patients in the community undergoing cancer treatment, our new on site services will make it simpler and easier to access the best care at the right time,” he said.

Highly experienced Radiation Oncologists, Dr Karen Taylor, Dr Ian Porter, Dr David Blakey and Dr Mario Guerrieri will be bringing their expertise to the campus to deliver patient-centred care.

“Cabrini is delighted with the Radiation Oncology medical team GenesisCare has assembled. They are all clinicians with strong, established clinical reputations, who will bring a diverse and comprehensive range of expertise to provide care to our cancer patients,” said Dr Simon Woods,
Executive Director, Cabrini Malvern.

The new service will create approximately 15 new jobs for specialist clinical and support staff, and it is anticipated that more than 7000 treatments will be provided at the facility during its first year of operation.

Building our resilience to support patients

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A cancer diagnosis can take a psychological toll on the individual and their family, with a rollercoaster of emotions along the way. Our patients have told us that their daily interactions with our team – whether it’s a welcoming smile on arrival or a chat over a coffee – can have a positive impact on what can be a sometimes testing journey.

To better support our teams to better support our patients, GenesisCare has partnered with clinical psychologist Dr Cath Adams to run a series of workshops focused on building resilience, eliciting and responding to emotional cues, and managing challenging conversations.

Our CancerCare Patient Experience Lead, Ada Ryan, said: “We monitor patient sentiment every month, and I’m always blown away by how much positive feedback there is for our teams. They have the most profound impact on the patient experience, so we are focused on looking for ways to better support them.”

The workshops were trialled in New South Wales and have been deemed an overwhelmingly success by participants. They will now be rolled out nationally.

GenesisCare recognises that the more positive and engaged our team are, the better the patient experience is. These types of initiatives help us continuously empower our team to deliver high quality care to patients.

Improving patient outcomes through research

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GenesisCare is championing research and celebrating its passionate clinical teams and patients involved in trials this International Clinical Trials Day.

Commemorated on or near 20 May, International Clinical Trials Day marks the day James Lind began what is believed to be the world's first controlled clinical trial against the deadly disease scurvy. In 1747, he developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy and the results of his trial saved the lives of thousands of sailors.

Fast forward to 2017, life expectancy has improved dramatically, attributable to advances in science, medical research and public health policies.i

GenesisCare Chief Medical Officer Dr Nathaniel Heiner said research underpinned our ability to deliver world-class treatment to our patients.

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GenesisCare is largest provider of radiation oncology in Australia, the UK and Spain, and also the leading provider of cardiology and sleep treatments in Australia. We exist to fill the treatment gap for the biggest disease burdens – cancer and heart disease – in an environment of substantial unmet demand from an ageing population. Click here to learn more